Additional triplet, fear hook & stinger
Fear hook, also called stinger, is an additional triplet which is attached to the lure with a short line. This makes sense especially when fishing for predators with rubber bait to hook sharp biting fish that would otherwise not get caught.
This can increase the yield many times over, especially if the fish are very careful and only attack the lure very far back.
At what bait size does a stinger make sense?
I usually use a stinger for lures from 12cm upwards. If the lure is even bigger, 20cm+, a second stinger can be mounted. Especially with big pike lures this makes sense to hook the fish safely.
How is a stinger correctly mounted?
First pull the loop over the eye of the jigging head. Now hook the stinger in the rear belly area of the rubber bait if possible so that the line of the stinger is tight against the bait fish.
Make sure that the rubber fish can move normally and is not bent. In this case the fear triplet would be too tight and you have to readjust.
Guide the stinger through the rubber fish
To hide the stinger even better you can also guide it through the bait fish. However, this is not necessarily usual, because the rubber suffers a lot from it and the lures wear out correspondingly faster. Especially when a fish delivers a strong fight, the chance increases many times over that the lure gets heavily damaged and you have to replace it.
Carbon or Fluorocarbon Stinger
Besides a steel leader, Stingers are also available with Carbon or Fluorocarbon line. In the case of the fluorocarbon line this ensures that the lure is even more inconspicuous and thus more attractive for the predator. However, Fluorocarbon is of course also slightly less robust and the chance of breaking is greater.
Instructions: Building your own stinger
You can easily build a stinger yourself. This is not only easy, but also saves a lot of money. If you’re experienced in building stingers, you’ll need less than a minute per piece. So you can replenish your stock easily and cheaply.
- Pliers / scissors
- Measuring tape / folding rule
- Pliers for clamping sleeves
- Clamping sleeves
- Steel or fluorocarbon cord
Store the stingers correctly
In principle, hooks can be transported quite normally e.g. in a bait box. However, the problem with this is that they often get tangled up and you have to tug them apart first if you want to use them. This is not always easy, especially in low light. Furthermore, the hooks rub against each other and against the inside of the box due to the constant movement during transport, so that the sharpness of the hooks suffers over time.
It is therefore better to store extra triplets in an extra box. These will protect the hook and help to bring a little order to your own tackle.
The boxes are fitted with foam into which the hooks can be easily pushed. This way they sit firmly and securely in position.